May 31st, 2021 | Updated on June 25th, 2022
Around 5 million people living in the United States suffer from cases of acne ranging from mild to severe cases. Thereby making acne the most common skin problem. Concurrently, around 85% of the world’s population suffers from one form or the other of acne.
However, despite acne being as common of an issue as it is, it is grossly misunderstood. To start, acne isn’t necessarily a sign of inadequate or improper nutrition – it’s usually related to genetics, the environment, and most commonly hormones.
Along with being a skin condition, people suffering from acne tend to feel insecure about their appearance. Therefore, the condition can manifest as a psychological one too (especially in cases of extreme breakouts).
Are Acne Scars Normal?
There are millions of hair follicles throughout your body. These hair follicles are attached to a sebaceous gland via a duct that deposits sebum in these follicles.
The oily substance is supposed to be anti-bacterial and nourish your skin. However, during puberty, your body produces a little too much sebum that tends to clog your pores.
Clogged pores lead to an increased immune response which ultimately leads to a rupture and bacteria living on your skin as normal flora gains entry into your body. Luckily, however, acne can be curbed with several treatment options – or just by letting it run its course.
In either case, acne can be cured. They, nevertheless, don’t leave without a fight and leave acne scars in their place. Contrary to popular belief, acne scars are normal and you don’t necessarily have to follow a strict skincare regimen to avoid them. Sometimes they just form!
Remedies for Acne Scars
Applying a honey mask on your skin or applying unrefined honey directly onto your acne scars can speed up your body’s natural healing process.
Honey has several anti-bacterial properties and helps in reducing signs of inflammation (most notably swelling and redness).
Perhaps the most notable and well-documented natural remedy for acne scars is applying a few drops of lemon juice onto your skin.
The citric acid in lemons is highly acidic and holds anti-bacterial properties that help in clearing the way for your body to deposit more collagen onto your acne scar and thereby facilitating healing.
Vitamin E is often supplied in the form of breakable capsules. The vitamin has been incorporated into several skincare essential products for its rapid healing properties when it comes to scars.
It is important to understand that we’re aiming at healing the skin as cases of acne are curbed. The faster you heal the skin, the fewer chances of collagen forming and therefore fewer chances of there being a scar.
Massaging warm coconut oil onto your skin for an hour three to four times a day can do wonders for your skin. Not only does coconut oil replenish your skin of its nutrients, but it also aids in speeding up the body’s natural repair process.
Acne scars are a woeful reminder of what your skin has been through. Getting rid of them might seem impossible, but it isn’t. All it takes to get rid of pimple scars is a visit to your pantry!